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Alaska Experience Theatre Grand Opening Today at 2 p.m.


WHO: Alaska Experience Theatre & 4th Avenue market place

WHAT: Alaska Experience Theatre Grand Opening

Mayor Dan Sullivan will officially open Alaska’s new 3-D Theatre

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

2 p.m.

WHERE: AET, 333 West 4th Avenue

3-D has been around since the 1950s, but its growth and rising popularity over the last year appears to be here to stay. This weekend, Anchorage gets its own 3-D theatre with the grand re-opening of Alaska Experience Theatre (AET). Anchorage’s RealD 3D platform is one of approximately 3,200 screens across the country. According to DreamWorks Animation, more than 40 3-D movies are currently in production with 15 new titles expected in 2010. IMAX is expected to boost its theatre capacity by 50 percent over the next year.

Anchorage’s new theatre features two 3-D features “Fly Me to the Moon” and “3-D Turtlevision” by nWave pictures. The movies will appeal to young audiences who are interested in becoming more engaged with space and taking care of the environment. Other movies (not in 3-D), that will be shown at the theatre this summer include two new productions by Alaska Channel. “Journey to Alaska” uses some of Alaska’s original explorers to guide viewers through a look at the state’s scenic beauty and wildlife while “Northern Lights Experience” shares the mystery of the Aurora Borealis.

Get details of 4th Avenue market place’s other new offerings – including a banquet hall that can be rented along with the theatre, and a new Summer Salmon Bake Experience that combines dinner with movies, a guided Alaska history tour and a live Native dance performance. Live Native dance performances also will be offered three times a week at 1:15 p.m. throughout the summer, and the market place will organize Native Arts & Craft Fairs on the days cruise ships dock at the Port of Anchorage this summer.

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